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Runaways: Dead End Kids

Author: Joss Whedon
Illustrated by: Michael Ryan
Issues: 25-30
Collection Published: 2008

Runaways: Dead End KidsThe original Runaways team consisted of the children of The Pride (a team of evil villains in the Marvel universe). When the kids realized that their parents were the bad guys, they did what kids to best – rebelled against their parents. Of course, in this instance, it had to mean becoming a team of superheroes. The kids went up against, and killed, their parents.

Dead End Kids covers issues 25 through 30 of the series – the selection that Joss Whedon had written. In this part of the series, in an attempt to escape Kingpin, the kids accidentally transport themselves to 1907. Unfortunately, the trip has completely depleted the power source of the device that got them there in the first place. In this new time, they meet other kids with powers (“Wonders” as they are called), a few new foes, and a couple of members of The Pride – before those two members are killed. (That’s the funny thing with time travel, and all.) And the question on the kids’ minds is, how will they be able to get back to their own time?

I do love Joss’ stuff. I really do. That man is brilliant, and I love the stories he tells. He could tell a story about a slug, and I’m sure I would still find it completely captivating. The illustrator, Michael Ryan, has illustrated series from both DC and Marvel, and his stuff is gorgeous. (Check out some of his illustrations at I have spent so much time the past few days just staring at the pictures in the book, and have no doubt that I will pull it out often in the future just to look at the prettiness!

I hadn’t read any of the Runaways issues before this one. I’m going to have to go back and find them, especially as I’ve heard that they may be adapting the series into a movie. Plus, they are a lot of fun. That said, I wasn’t lost as to what was going on. It explains a little bit at the beginning, but I had also done a bit of research on Wikipedia beforehand.

Overall, this was a fabulous volume and one I will revisit quite often.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:54 pm February 5, 2009.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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  • Nicola

    Thank you so much for this! I have never heard of it and it sounds really good. I am trying to get my hands on anything Joss Whedon these days. I agree he can write anything. If I see his name on it, I’ll be watching/reading it!

  • ethan

    Runaways is a must read for those who want to delve into the comic world and bypass all the cliches and standard hero stuff.

    Also thanks for supporting my site, I am Red L.A.M.P., one of the co-creators of the site :)

  • jmfausti

    I love anything Joss Whedon. Have you noticed that he writes the best men. I wonder if I could get him to create my next boyfriend.

  • Court

    Nicola – I’m exactly the same way – I’ll read/watch ANYTHING that he’s been involved in somehow. :)

    Ethan – thanks for the comment. It’s good to find comics that don’t have the typical hero cliches. Gives a good alternative for people who avoid comics for that reason alone.

    jmfausi – Haha. He really does make the best men. But also there’s always at least one woman in anything he writes that is so (emotionally/mentally/whatever) strong and kick-ass.

  • Memory

    I’ve been wondering about this, since I’m a big Joss Whedon fan. It definitely sounds like something I’ve got to get my hands on. Thanks for the great review!

  • Court

    Memory – Thanks! It’s definitely something you’d enjoy, if you’ve liked Joss’s other comics.